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China Plays the Climate Card

The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board writes on China’s latest play of the climate card.

The C3 Take
  • China, the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, has begun to use America’s climate concerns as strategic leverage to advance the CCP’s agenda.
  • Recently China has said that in order for it to work with America on climate, we must meet a list of demands including removing our defense protection from Taiwan.
  • If the Biden administration wants to truly address climate change, it must be tough on China and refuse to meet its demands.

“The most significant of the ‘three bottom lines,’ meanwhile, is that the U.S. back off its defense of Taiwan—the island democracy that Beijing wants to absorb, potentially by force. If the U.S. backs away from its Pacific alliances, the pitch seems to go, perhaps China will sign up for more putative cuts to CO2 emissions in the future.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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